Founder & CEO
KNOLSKAPE is the brain-child of Rajiv Jayaraman, a man who likes to don many hats. He’s a theatre artist, a singer, an engineer, a doting father to his two children, and Chief Executive Officer at KNOLSKAPE. He founded KNOLSKAPE at INSEAD and has nurtured it into a leading player in the field of talent transformation. Rajiv firmly believes in being a life-long learner, and is keen on revolutionizing the modern workplace. His early experiences at Oracle USA in the server technologies division, where he headed numerous product development efforts from the ground-up, and tinkering with computers during his Master’s in Computer Science at the University of Alabama, USA, combined with his charismatic leadership, ability to drive innovation, connect with teams and being in the know of things has fostered an expansion from B- Schools to corporates, from development to ADE (Assess, Develop, Engage) has resulted in creating an award-winning portfolio of talent transformation products at KNOLSKAPE.
Chief Technology Officer
Rajesh Veeramachaneni aka Raj, is the Chief Technology Officer at KNOLSKAPE. He is a passionate & seasoned technologist. Over a span of 22+ years, he has been an entrepreneur who has incubated, bootstrapped, and scaled up product and solution engineering teams at multiple start ups besides setting up Cloud & AI platform engineering capability centre at Shell. Rajesh is an alumnus of BITS Pilani with Masters in Economics and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. Outside of work, Raj is a movie-buff, occasional trekker, duathloner, half marathoner and an avid badminton player. He unwinds on long drives with family & friends
Chief Business Officer, Americas
With over 25 years of sales leadership experience, Jeff is passionate about delivering positive business outcomes through innovation, creativity and focus. As Chief Business Officer, US, Jeff is leading KNOLSKAPE’s US operations. An award winning, accomplished leader, Jeff has a broad background including experience with start-ups, mid-sized and Fortune 500 organizations. Jeff has gained executive, leadership, sales and talent management experience in key positions and global roles with leading organizations, including Kenexa, IBM and TriNet. When Jeff isn’t engaging with his team, partners or clients, you will find him on a remote island or savoring a culinary delight from around the world.
Chief Product Officer
Another BITSian Knolly, a founding team member, Kalyan Teja is known to effortlessly shoulder the responsibility of end-to-end lifecycle of a large award-winning portfolio of talent transformation products. As Head of Product at KNOLSKAPE, he is responsible for defining and driving the product strategy, and is someone who continuously endeavors to develop great user experience. He has more than a decade of experience building experiential products in this learning and development space and has worked closely with large enterprises. His tenure at INSEAD closely involved working on one of the earliest experiential learning products ever built for the management domain. When he isn’t delving deep into the products universe, he loves driving and enjoys playing various sports.
Chief Business Officer & SVP, Growth - India, APAC & Global Partnerships
At the helm of KNOLSKAPE’s India & APAC Business is Manu Nanda, Senior Vice President, and Chief Business Officer. A self-initiator, Manu thrives on chasing audacious business goals. His expertise lies in creating value for customers – helping organizations with their talent transformation efforts across levels and delivering high business results. A seasoned enterprise leader with 25+ years of diverse corporate experience across FMCG, Petroleum Retail, Automotives, Oil & Gas, and Training & Coaching, Manu has held leadership roles across Channel Management, Key Accounts, Franchise Operations, and Consulting. After successful stints with Mobil, ExxonMobil, Reliance Industries Ltd., Kinetic Motors, and Heromindmine, Manu’s last stint before KNOLSKAPE was as the Head of Corporate Business at Dale Carnegie India. Outside of work, Manu is a movie buff, an avid reader, and a compulsive swimmer.
Manager - Human Resource
Growing in a start up environment always fascinates Nandita as she loves to set processes from the beginning. After Masters in Human Resource, she started her career at ITC group of companies however always looked forward to working in organizations starting up or growing and hence was associated with companies like Crossdomain Solutions, Cenveo e-publishers and Ather Energy prior to joining KNOSLKAPE. She oversees the People Practice team here and works towards building & retaining talent and promoting the right culture in the organization. She is a doting mother to a son and apart from work would be found enjoying music or painting.
Naveen Kumar Galithoti
Head of Marketing
Backed by more than a decade of experience in various product marketing and product management roles, Naveen heads the Product Marketing team at KNOLSKAPE. Naveen is an IIM-Lucknow graduate with a penchant for executing product launch strategies and driving the company’s overall creative vision. Before KNOLSKAPE, Naveen has the experience of working in IT, Manufacturing, Edu-tech, and Real estate tech sectors that includes a couple of entrepreneurial stints. A typical Hyderabadi who can never get tired of his Biriyani, outside of work, you’ll always see him busy making his next travel plans.
Head of Finance
A quiet man who loves his numbers, and deemed as a food enthusiast by his colleagues, Dileep is the Finance Controller at KNOLSKAPE, and handles the organization’s global financial activities including budgeting, analysis, reporting, and regulatory compliance, along with legal matters. He comes with a decade of experience in finance, and needs absolute precision and clarity in all monetary and legal matters. Before KNOLSKAPE, he was an Associate Director – Business Finance at Eka. An Industrial Engineer and an MBA, he began his career with Reuters and has had a spin with all things finance!